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Bathrooms can be improved in many ways by adding a wet room. A wet room effectively represents a bathroom where the space is waterproofed, or tanked, to allow for an open, walk in shower enclosure. The floors of the room are sloped to allow water to run down into a drain. Some of the key advantages of adding a wet room to your property include the creation of more space and accessible features, as well as the ability to be flexible in design. When installed correctly, a wet room can improve your bathroom by adding value to your property. More on these advantages can be found below:

More Space

One of the key advantages of having a wet room is that it removes a lot of the fixtures that can lead to a bathroom appearing cramped. Shower enclosures and bath tubs that take up this space can be removed, and replaced with a walk in shower with detachable screens. The space of a room can consequently be opened up, and made much lighter, creating a minimalist design. This kind of approach is ideal for opening out small en suite bathrooms to be as functional and cleanly designed as possible.

Accessibility

A wet room addition to a property also has many advantages in terms of accessibility. Difficult to navigate tubs and shower enclosures can be altered by using walk in enclosures that are level with the floor of the bathroom. Support rails can be added to prevent slips, while tiles are water proofed and enhanced with mats. Moreover, the floor gradient of a wet room, which typically raises the floor by a few inches to allow for waterproofing, can be specified for wheelchair use. Other fixtures within a bathroom can be similarly adjusted, with sinks and toilets lowered or raised within the extra space created for ideal use.

Flexibility

Another key advantage of going for a wet room conversion is that you gain a lot of design and use flexibility. This flexibility primarily comes down to being able to reduce and tailor the fixtures in a bathroom, with screens and rails able to be discreetly placed and removed. Wooden and concrete floors can also be considered depending on your design decisions. Moreover, you have the option of whether you want to install a wet room on a first or a ground floor bathroom. Other options include only waterproofing a specific area of the bathroom, which means that you can retain more traditional features. Having an open plan wet room does, however, mean that you can install a multi jet shower that’s not confined by an enclosure.

Property Value

A wet room can add on value to your property, and is particularly recommended if you have more than one bathroom. Maintaining a more traditional bathroom, while experimenting with a wet room, means that you can provide potential buyers with options. A wet room also enhances the contemporary design of a property, and with underfloor heating added, can make smaller bathrooms much easier to promote as time and space saving comforts.

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